Thursday, July 30, 2009


I am so excited to host my first Giveaway! I have purchased a few prizes to give to some lucky readers. The grand prize is a Lilly Pulitzer Beachy Gift Set which includes a spray perfume and a wristlet. I have some other cute prizes for second and third places.

The rules for entry:

One entry for commenting.

Two entries for commenting and following.

Three entries for commenting, following, and listing my blog as a daily read.

Four entries for commenting, following, listing my blog as a daily read, and for posting with a link back to this post on your own blog.

This giveaway is closed for entries on Friday, August 14.

Let the games begin!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

For Yourself or Someone Else

I was invited to a birthday party for a friend, and my gift to her was Bobbi Brown Beach Body Lotion and Bobbi Brown Beach Body Scrub. I use these products during the summer and thought that she might like them also. She LOVES them!! I usually gave gift certificates for spa pedicures, manicures, facials, and massages for birthday gifts, but I have started to give actual presents instead. A few of the salons have closed or the manicurist that I liked has quit the profession. You never know if the recipient will ever be able to use the gift certificate. If you like the beach you should try these products. They are yummy!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Peach Bellini

Whenever I host a party I have a signature drink. It does not have to be anything unique, just a drink that fits in with the theme of the party or the time of year. For a Christmas party, I served Pomegranate Martinis. For my husband's Jimmy Buffet themed birthday party, I served Margaritas. For my son's baptism, I served Peach Bellinis because peaches were in season. I always have a full bar and wine also, but I feel that a signature drink makes a party of any size seem extra special.

Peach Bellinis

Makes about 6 servings

2 large peaches , cut into chunks
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 bottle Champagne or sparkling wine

Garnish with 1 large peach , cut into 6 slices and 6 sprigs mint

Combine peach chunks, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl. Allow to rest 30 minutes. Place mixture in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour through a strainer, pressing solids to extract flavor and juices. Chill. Discard any solids.Place about 1 tablespoon peach syrup in each flute and fill with Champagne. Garnish with a peach slice and mint sprig.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Last Time I Was Me

During the middle of the night I finished reading The Last Time I Was Me by Cathy Lamb. I love chick lit and read constantly. This book gripped me. It had an edge, and the story continued to develop until the end. I hated finishing the book! I highly recommend it.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mango Breeze Hibiscus

This is the front of my house. I normally plant several types of annuals in these pots, but I just wanted to do something easy this year. I love this Mango Breeze Hibiscus. It blooms constantly and looks so pretty. I will definitely plant these again next year.

Happily Ever After

Very close friends of ours have a son and a daughter who just got engaged within weeks of each other. I wanted to give an engagement gift to the son and the daughter prior to any parties that may be held. The sparkling wine that we served at our wedding was Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee. My husband is a big wine connoisseuer and feels that in some cases the popular names that you hear for sparkling wine/champagne are just trendy and not necessarily as good as other vintages that may cost the same. Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee is excellent sparkling wine, and I think it is a perfect gift to celebrate an engagement or wedding! I wrapped the bottles and am looking forward to delivering them this weekend.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I love this Confetti Ring by David Yuman. I have one in all diamonds, but I love the pop you get when some colored stones are included. I think that all the shapes are fun and do remind you of confetti. And for all you preppy girls-this would match your pink and green outfits!!

Essie Watermelon

This is the polish that I have been wearing this summer. Essie Watermelon. It is the color of a piece of delicious, juicy watermelon. Essie is my favorite polish.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Let's give this a try!

I have no idea what I am doing, but I am going to start a blog! I am so impressed with the blogs that I read on a daily basis, and I hope that mine will be a fraction as good.